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The Milky Way
This title covers these subjects: Solar system., Galaxies., Milky Way.
The Milky Way
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The Milky Way

Did you know the Milky Way galaxy has 200 billion stars? Did you know light takes 100,000 years to travel across our galaxy? Find out more in The Milky Way.

Reading LevelGrades K-1
Interest LevelGrades PreK-2
Lexile Level540L
ATOS Level2.6
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #148523
Early Intervention Level22
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandPebble Plus
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Science Books & Films - Thomas A. Lesser, Christian Brothers Foundation, New Rochelle, NY

"STAR REVIEW! Space Vehicles and The Milky Way are two of the six books in the Exploring Space series, all authored by Martha E. H. Rustad and intended for the pre K to 2 grade levels. These are wonderful books for a parent or other adult to read with a child. As the books state, in part, in its “Note to Parents and Teachers” (page 2) “The images support early readers in understanding the text… Early readers may need assistance to read some of the words…” The format of the books is a large illustration opposite short text on the subject. Clearly, the young reader will need help with the text which includes words such as: “asteroids”, “satellites”, and “Soyuz”. The books include a glossary (to help adults explain terms to children), additional reading, and a website to find out more. The website “FactHound” (page 23) is problematic as it requires you to search based on the ISBN number of your book. Not the most obvious or easiest way to search, especially when your staring point is a book intended for preK. A search by ISBN number provides links to several sites (NASA, ESA, etc.). Some sites are more young child friendly than others. In “Space Vehicles” (pages 18 19) it states “Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft travels into space. The Soyuz takes Russian and U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station.” The accompanying photograph shows a Soyuz rocket launch of a Soyuz spacecraft. Obviously, it is not the author’s fault that Soyuz is commonly used for both the rocket and the spacecraft. A better photograph might have been of the Soyuz craft in space (not including the launch vehicle). The Milky Way (page 4): “Look at the night sky. Can you see a thick band of light? This wavy white path is called the Milky Way”. Unfortunately, most people living in the United States do not have this option. Light pollution has made it all but impossible for most Americans to see the Milky Way. The Milky Way takes on a much greater challenge: explaining to pre schoolers something adults have difficulty comprehending. The author states the size of the Milky Way in terms of how long it takes light to travel “across it” or “from top to bottom” (page 14). Perhaps parents have an idea of the speed of light, but at best it is probably just very, very fast. The glossary does not include information about the speed of light." - Science Books & Films

October 1, 2012

The Planetary Society blog - Emily Lakdawalla

"They take a story-style approach to each subject: rather than cramming pages with disconnected facts, there are a couple of simple sentences on left-hand pages and one very large, well-chosen photo on the facing page. . . .I think the best book in the series is NASA; it does a good job of explaining how the U.S. explores space, why we send robots to some places and humans to others, and so on." - The Planetary Society blog

December 10, 2012

Martha E. H. Rustad

Martha E. H. Rustad

Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than one hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from baby ducks to black holes to ancient Babylon. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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